Just a reminder about our May meeting and to clarify the times as there has been a little confusion. Please arrive around 6pm, with your potluck dish- hot foods hot and cold foods cold, ready to serve. Please bring a serving utensil (labelled with your name if possible.) Don't forget your plate and cutlery. Also remember your flower challenge piece and any other Show and Tell. Dinner will be served at 6:30pm.
If you are available to come a little early (5:30) to help with set up, that would be appreciated too. See you there!
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Click here to start watching. Click on "Watch" at the top left to get a list of shows or do a search for a particular technique or artist. Have fun, but don't blame me if you don't get your vacuuming done!
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
The pattern is called Disappearing Four Patch, as you start with a four patch, make a few cuts through the block, rearrange the pieces and re-sew it together. Quick and easy. Many thanks to Kathleen D for piecing the top and some extra blocks, to Jean K for adding one more row to bring it up to single bed
UPDATE, Feb.26: the goal of 50 quilts for Portage Atlantic has been surpassed!!
Also shown last night was another donation quilt which will be given to Family Enrichment and Counselling to be raffled. I sure hope Tracey brings in some tickets for us to purchase!
The Bali Pop was donated by Sue R, the top was pieced by Lois M and the quilting was done by Jean K. The block design is Half Log Cabin.
What a beauty! Well done, ladies!
Monday, February 6, 2017
|Layout of 12 blocks for a small quilt|
Here are a few of the blocks that were made.
And one more quilt laid out, ready for assembly...
|Layout of 20 blocks for a larger quilt|
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
The blocks/tops will be sent off to CQA and some will be quilted at Canada's Big Quilt Bee during the annual conference, Quilt Canada, in Toronto in June. Any locally finished quilts will be collected in Moncton. All quilts will be donated to Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada,of which there are 14, with a total of 469 family rooms. These rooms are full all year and there are actually waiting lists for residency while children are treated in hospital. The goal is for 1000 quilts. So that's a brief explanation of the project. Now, back to our work day...
What is a "slab block?" Cheryl Arkison of Calgary designed the slab block a few years back when the call went out across Canada for quilts for Alberta flood victims. Here's a photo of one of the 2013 flood quilts.
Now the slab block is being used again for this special Canada 150 project. It is a "free form" block that measures 12.5", to finish at 12" square. As you can see, it is made from scraps of various sizes - squares, rectangles, strips, all of one colour family- sewn together to make a block large enough to be trimmed to 12.5". Whereas the quilt above has one piece of white in each block, for this project each block must contain at least one piece of Canada 150 fabric. Several fabric manufacturers have put out lines of special fabric for Canada 150: Discover Canada by JN Harper, Stonehenge OH CANADA by Northcott and Sesquicentennial fabric by Northcott, Trend-Tex Fabrics With Glowing Hearts by Moda, and Cantik Batiks. Click on each collection name to see the fabrics. If you have any of these fabrics, please bring them with you to the workday on the 28th. Some will be provided as well. One of our local shops, The Christmas Crab Quiltery at 158 Brunswick St. carries the Oh Canada line by Northcott if you wish to purchase any. Obviously you will need to bring other fabrics for the blocks as well; bring a number of scraps or small pieces in one or several colour families. The blocks can be done as above with all pieces "straight and square" or if a little wonky is more your style, they can be done as these below:
You can read a further explanation, with diagrams, on how the blocks are made here, scroll down to the second and third pages. Or click here to watch a video.
We hope you'll join us on Saturday Jan. 28th. We're going to have a fun day making slab blocks!! As well, Lee will demo EQ7 software, and if you wish to come and work on a project of your own, that's fine too! :)
Sunday, January 15, 2017
I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Christmas season and you feel rested and rejuvenated. We're already halfway through January! Our first meeting of 2017 is just a few days away, hope we'll see YOU there!
A few days ago, an FQG member called me to discuss ideas re. a signature quilt. She has a niece getting married and the couple want a signature quilt at their wedding for all guests to sign. We discussed design ideas, the use of freezer paper to make signing easier, permanent ink pens, etc. Later after doing a little internet search for "signature quilts" I came across an article on permanent ink pens which has some good info and results of testing. Click here to read it, you might find it useful.
If like me, you dislike the cold temperatures and shorter days of winter, perhaps a look at some quilts will warm you up. Click here to enjoy the warm tones of these "southwestern" quilts.
See you Tuesday night!
Friday, November 25, 2016
|Songs of the Season by Patricia Drummond|
Speaking of time running out, if you haven't got your ticket for our Christmas Social on Dec. 13, you'd better get in touch with Sandra N or JoAnne C quickly. Deadline for ticket purchase is Dec. 5. Find them at The Christmas Crab Quiltery, 158 Brunswick Street.
Are you shopping this weekend? Remember to support our two local quilt shops- they both have "Black Friday" sales going on...
|My Peaceful Oasis by Kathy Tidswell|
|Time Marches On by Barb Perry|
|Sheep May Safely Graze by Elizabeth Bastin|
|Violet Nosegay by Barbara Carroll|
|Maple Leaf Montage by Irene Sealy|
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Hallowe'en is past and most of our spectacular fall colour is now on the ground, but if you would like a "replay" click here and here to see some amazing Hallowe'en and autumn quilts from a variety of U.S. shows.
Lastly here's a link to an article I have now seen several times online, mostly on Facebook. I think it is worth the read for all quilters. It discusses the differences between chain store fabric and quilt shop fabric - YES there really IS a difference. Click here to read the article.
See you Tuesday night at our November meeting! Hopefully there will be lots of Show and Tell after the retreat! Remember to get your ticket for our Christmas Dinner/Social on December 13.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Nov. 11-13 Fredericton Christmas Show @ Capital Exhibition Centre
Nov. 17-18 Christmas at the Market Craft Show @ Boyce Farmers Market Free
Nov. 17-19 Christmas Craft Show @ Brookside Mall
Nov. 18-19 Ten Thousand Village Fair Trade Sale @ Wilmot Church Free
Nov. 26 NB College of Craft and Design Annual Christmas Craft Show @ NBCCD Free
Nov. 26-27 Christmas in the Village in Gagetown Free
Dec. 2-4 Christmas Gift Show @ Capital Exhibition Centre $3.00 admission
Dec. 4 Christmas Choice Craft Sale, Memorial Hall, UNB 12-4pm
Dec. 4, 11, 18 Sunday Christmas Markets @ Boyce Farmers Market Free